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Report - York Waterworld - York - December 2015

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  1. Aidan

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    Hello everyone. Don't do this often, but i'll give it my best shot.


    York Waterworld opened in 1997, alongside a Stadium complex which shared a large carpark on the outskirts of the Monks Cross complex at York's A1237 Ring Road. Building commenced in 1996 by Ryedale at a total cost of 7.8m.

    The building featured a unique triangular shape when viewed from above, and had a unique wooden roof that resembled the shape of waves. Large glass frontage combined with concrete and grey panelling made it a reasonably modern building.

    The interior featured an elevated entrance walkway, giving you a full view of the facilities and pools below. A large wave pool combined with a lazy river took up a lot of the ground space, with a dedicated kids pool/playground and a 5-lane dedicated pool for swimming laps.

    Upstairs was a cafe and fitness facilities, and downstairs there were saunas and a jacuzzi. A large tower contained 3 water slides; "The Edge" "Torpedo Tube" and the "Rapids Descent".

    The building had suffered from poor management and a lack of maintenance throughout its life, every year looking more dirty and rusty than before. It needed a refurbishment really, but the company who owned it towards the end of its life announced it would be closing at Christmas 2014.

    It was then announced in Autumn 2014 that the closing date would in fact be November 30, 2014.
    As of November 30, 2015 the building stood completely untouched.

    We visited in December 2015, a rather sad and nostalgic visit - We had been here many times before and it is shameful that the building is being demolished after only 17 years of service; many fun days with the family and friends were had here.

    Since our visit, the building has been torn apart and now looks like it'll be flattened any day soon, which is a sad sight to see.

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    Time has took its toll on this place... although i've heard it was rusty while open!


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    The showers were well-known for usually being ice-cold. They were located in this circular glass enclosure - And a small amount of showers meant waiting some time before getting one!


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    Childrens Play Ground complete with Mini Slide


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    Rather rusty crusty sections of steelwork.


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    The pool water was grim... really grim. From the looks of the underground access stairs, i'd say its riverwater from the York flooding.


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    A lonely paintbrush left in a very hidden area of the building.


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    The area where you'd board one of the 3 flumes.


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    Casting Couch.


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  2. Zeebex

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    Nice Report Mate, Loving It. Especially the shots comparing when in use and how it is now :).
     
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  3. Aidan

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    Unfortunately there's barely any photos of it in use. This is what made me want to have a look. Its almost none-existent on the internet anymore, which is sad.
     
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  4. Zeebex

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    come from a little village that nobody gives a shit about know the feeling mate.lots of lovely places going to waste, government cuts are affecting everything these days as well. plus insurance jobs ect, can never be too suspicious, like the local football club, rossendale fc, one night it just went up in flames and I remember it well. its never opening again but the greedy landowners will let the land stew until someone will buy it but only when planning permission is allowed. things aren't going anywhere where I live. Rossendale Hospital Demoed, its F*CKING DISGUSTING, pardon my french. Very Sad Indeed.
     
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  5. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Spot on that, been meaning to keep an eye on this and failed with the amount of industry going to waste at the moment...

    Well done for cracking it.
     
  6. VauxBex

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    Brill, keep it up mate:thumb
    Plus you've just given me an idea for an explore around my end!!
     
  7. Bolts

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    Good job, nice report too :thumb
     
  8. kingnothing41

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    Really nice. There's something I love about abandoned swimming pools!
    And it's always nice to see a place how it once was!
     
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    Redeeming features - Nil
    sooner its flattened the better - I struggle to imagine they can build anything uglier in its place.
     
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    'Water' way to have a good time :coat(sorry couldn't resist some classic Partridge)

    Seriously though, It's shit that a building is mothballed after only 17 years of service. Although I'd be questioning the quality of the building materials in the first place if they had repeated had rust problems - somethin's got to be up with it

    The style of it looks dated even for 97, I'd say it's got a whiff of 80s styling - more like 87
     
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  11. Aidan

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    I disagree, my parents and adults in general didn't like it, but myself when I was young and my family/friends visiting the placed loved it, having somewhere with different slides and a lazy river etc seemed amazing to me at the time!


    I think it's pathetic. There is a lot they could have done to make the place seem "new" and a new lease of life, but instead it's being knocked down to be replaced with a regular boring pool, with no slides or anything. Bah!

    Would be good if anyone who worked there could let me know what was in the underground section, we wanted to go down, but the water was level with the top of the stairs - almost walked straight into 8 - 10ft of water with it being dark.
     
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    shame about the skanky water. Skateboards would make this explore top notch.
     
  13. crazyjonhere

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    Probably thats why they left them full
     
  14. The_Raw

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    Great post, I'd be tempted to go down the slides in there :D
     
  15. WildBoyz

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    Great report, always good to see something new :thumb
     
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